Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Travel Buddies in Occidental Mindoro

A lot of people wonder how a solo traveler spends his day while on the road. 

When i was in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, i found myself in the company of new found friends. They've made me realize how honest and simple happiness is for a child, and how i have grown up to have a more complicated perception of what joy is. 

Spending an afternoon with these kiddos didn't make me want to go back to being a child. I am proud of the 29 years i have lived. More so, i'm looking forward to living 80 more years. But what struck me the most is that for the first time in a while, i smiled not for myself but for them.

Filipino travel journals about backpacking in the Philippines, Asia and Beyond!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

7 Travel Commandments in Seoul, South Korea

I thought traveling to South Korea was easy. Well, no. Not because the visa was hard to acquire. Lack of preparation can actually ruin your entire trip. 

I've traveled to many places, in the really off the beaten path destinations in the Philippines to as far as Northern Thailand and West India. But never have i felt so novice as when i went to Seoul. I've always been used to macro-planning (destination, time and money). That's it. Well, to my surprise, i have to say my trip to South Korea was the most difficult. Here's how i experienced it.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Building Pyramids at Eight Elephants Hostel in Taipei

I love staying in hostels! It's fun, relaxed and you get to meet a lot of people - those who call traveling as an interest, a hobby or a sport. That's why you meet them at the right time, and at the right place... at Eight Elephants Hostel.

I stayed at this hostel when i went to Taipei. I've done a background check and the reviews were pretty fair and legitimate. It doesn't have a pool or any of those advertising superlatives which you can only find in $100/night suites. For the lack of a better word, i found the place interesting. It wasn't my first choice of accommodations, but i'm glad i switched to this place the day after. It's a pretty interesting place! There are lots of art, carefully placed in common rooms. Every corner of the hostel holds a memorabilia, a dedication from a happy guest, sorts of trinkets you would find in art gallery like post cards and doodles. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Pinoy Boy Journals 2012 Year-End Report

When you're not updating your travel blog, you should only have one excuse for that. You have to be traveling. That's exactly what i did for almost a year. And God knows how thankful i am to have traveled far up north and down south of my country, the Philippines. I have also traveled to one South East Asian country and have a few worthwhile experiences i am proud of. I was on a blog hiatus all for the right reasons, and now i'm so shaped and amped to share with everyone what i was doing. Enjoy!